PRC's attempt at a Thin Man style mystery, co-starring Neil Hamilton and June Storey.
Run time 62 minutes 49 secondsProducer George R BatchellerProduction Company Producers Releasing CorporationAudio/Visual sound, B&W
Directed by Bernard B Ray (as B B Ray)
Released in 1941.
August 4, 2014
Where's Batman when you want him?
A delightfully entertaining whodunit with a good cast who played their parts excellently. After all the tongue in cheek one liners, you could say that this is not a case of film noir but a case of comedy thriller (albeit quite light on the thriller aspect). Fast forward to 1960s Gotham City where we find our hero with a new name and the position of Police Commissioner. Yes, Neil Hamilton was Commissioner Gordon to Adam West's Batman. Not a bad career move for a policeman turned private eye!! That last sentence was written with tongue firmly in cheek.
July 23, 2014
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
This little movie is a time capsule of life in the 40's. You never saw so much on-screen smoking in your life. The men wore suit, tie and hat, even for a quick trip to the police station in the middle of the night. Still, this is a pretty good "who done it?" movie. There is a good car chase and an interesting fight. Enjoy.
July 21, 2014
This is the kind of light weight, relatively cheap little programmer that small theatre owners and "B' movie houses loved in the '40's as a mid-week feature which usually played Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday including matinees and could be paired with anything. This little film tries to be funny (which it really isn't) and a mystery (which it's just passable as) and nothing more. It has some very pleasant actors in the cast including Neil Hamilton, June Storey just off a contract with Republic Pictures, great looking girl but too young to play a sophisticated attorney, wise-guy Douglas Fowley in an early role, Evelyn Brent most always type-cast as a bitch and long time character actors Emmett Vogan and John Holland among a lot of familiar faces. It's a pleasant hour of diversion. Production values and picture and sound are O.K. Originally from PRC it probably deserves some of its skepticism. Enjoy it for what it is.